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  1. Good to hear I'm not the only one who thinks that. We'll have a blacksmith based on site soon so windlasses aside, all sorts of interesting things such as boat hooks and kebs become possible, though not necessarily economically viable! Thanks for the offer Dave - I've got a few different examples of forged and cast windlasses to use including a GU parallel one, but of course you may have something better to work from. I'll email you about cans - we've got the first few handles back from the galvanisers so will have two ready for you next week. Regards, Anthony
  2. I will not have them on our boats, nor will I sell them and I've made my views on them quite clear to the guy who makes them - who is in every other respect the nicest fellow you could ever wish to meet. The spindles at Hillmorton (for example) are clearly worn, due seemingly to the inability of 99% of the boating public to realise the small eye on a windlass has a purpose, and the open frame type windlasses will only be making it worse. They also have a safety implication in my view - less contact area with the spindle so they are more likely to work loose. As no-one seems to make decent steel windlasses anymore they're on my roundtoit list once I've finished playing with cans. I was taught that you drop the paddles while the boat is leaving/entering the lock as that's the quickest way to get on. Gates that won't swing are down to poor balancing and fitting.
  3. Dipstick is on the port side on a 150, starboard on a 260. Post a picture if you are still unsure - plenty of people here will be able identify which one it is. hth, Anthony
  4. The boat in your picture is a maintenance boat rather than a working boat, and to be precise it is a Class RY-131 motor boat. Various similar designs were built from about 1970 up to the mid 1980s by British Waterways Boards own yards at Goole, Bulls Bridge, Newark, Northwich(?), Wigan (?) and Stanley Ferry(?) and as Bee says a batch were also built in Daventry by Hancock and Lane in the late 1970s. BW can be blamed (sometimes even justly) for many things, but not bankrupting anyone building those. In fact I suspect BW built or modified some boats in the 70's it didn't really need to keep their own yards working.
  5. The fore end of Jackal is indeed rebuilt as a decked tug with a JP2, has been moored since 2006 at Stretton Stop on the Oxford.
  6. I'm sure she would. I'll give you a ring. Good news about the Refleks - did you fit it as well then?
  7. Thank you David, but sadly not Ron. It's the can shown in grey primer earlier in this thread now Christine (my much better half) has had at it. Ron gave her a lot of encouragement and advice, as he did to many people. Anthony
  8. Hopefully not all modern ones: Whether they are economically viable or not is another matter though. As for small cans, we've got one not much bigger than billy can that has some considerable age - quite easily 100 years in the opinion of those qualified to comment. As for it's original purpose though, I have no idea. Anthony
  9. Apologies for that - the left hand and the right hand got a little to far apart....for now they are £190. Thanks David - that's what we were aiming for. It is a shame Ron isn't here to see (and paint them) - it was the lack of suitable items for him to paint for our chandlery that first started me thinking about making them.
  10. Hi Alan, £190 including VAT for the two gallon. Regards, Anthony
  11. I hope nobody minds me posting this here, but we will have 2 gallon cans with bucket style handles available very soon:
  12. To clarify, there is quite a bit of tooling involved (almost all of which we have made) but it is all hand powered. The first batch will be made from pre-galvanised steel, but I'm planning to send the prototypes off to a galvanisers once we're done with them - we'll see what extra cost will be and what state they come back in! The cans such as the one Mr Harrison has are pre-WW2, and need less tooling, but are more time consuming to make than the later ones. We may well build a few for fun though!
  13. We are well on the way to producing a trial batch of 2 gallon cans based closely on the Joseph Ash ones. They won't be cheap as they're hand made at our yard, but at least we can produce small runs to meet demand. We've built a prototype 1 gallon already, and have a set of templates for the 3 gallon when we get round to it. Anthony
  14. I'd agree but they've bought a lot of their competitors though - which is another reason why they've run short of cylinders in the past. One problem for us is that we still have a lot of Alde boilers in the fleet. Out of season, with the doors wide open and the boiler on 7, three 13kg's will just last the week. Most of the competitors are only 11kg so not quite enough. We had, by agreement, both Calor and Flogas on site at one point, and I found Flogas awful to deal with, both in terms in of reliability and attitude. Their rep would come in trying to bully us and set us sales targets and the final straw was when they sent a legal letter to Calor ordering them to remove all Calor bottles from "their" premises without my knowledge or any form of consent.
  15. Dor is correct - the higher cylinders are the older (1960's vintage I think) type with the screw on bar type handle. Calor are aware of their limitations and generally do their best not to supply them to us after we pointed out that they sometimes do not fit in our customer's gas lockers. Calor have been horribly short of cylinders this year - most weeks since the start of the season we have had less delivered than ordered. I got fairly uppity with them when they tried to deny us 13kg Propanes for three weeks in a row in July. Threatening to tear up our agreement with them seemed to work - but doubtless someone else went without instead. We've not had any 3.9kgs for weeks now - because they haven't got any to refill. Meanwhile I have seven empties sat taking up useful space so I suggested that they took them back, refilled them and brought them (or seven others, I don't really care) back the following week, but no, they couldn't do that. They used to pay us a few quid per cylinder for any we took in without paperwork, but they revised the way they worked their delivery vehicle fleet a few years ago (ie they reduced it and got rid of a lot of drivers) so now there often isn't spare space on the lorry to return excess cylinders. Remind why they are short again......